Family Newsletter

August 2020

Stop the Spread of Germs with this Checklist

Ready to get back to work? Here’s a helpful checklist to make sure you feel comfortable and confident.

Family Webinars

Understanding Children's Behavior as Communication - Webinar - August 13th at 2pm

Behavior is an important form of communication, from infants to adults. Sometimes, we need to step back and look at children's behavior in a different way to understand what they are trying to tell us. Join CASY's Family Engagement Specialists for this month's family webinar, as we discuss appropriate ways children communicate through behavior.

Register here.

High Expectations and High Quality - September 10th at 2pm

What does high quality child care look like? What is Paths to QUALITY? What are the possible changes in light of COVID-19? Join CASY’s Family Engagement Specialists as we discuss the various types of child care, qualities to look for and questions to consider when choosing high quality, and new changes that may be in place since the coronavirus pandemic.

Register here.

Let's Get Back to Work

Helping Families Confidently Access Safe Child Care Solutions

As a parent, you want what’s best for your child’s social, emotional and educational development. For many children, that means enrolling them in a high-quality early care and learning program where the positive relationships, language and literacy skills they develop at home can be further strengthened during the workday. But before you send your children back to their early care and education programs, you need to know it’s safe.

To help parents and children get back to work, the state of Indiana has provided rigorous health and safety recommendations for early care and education programs in our state. As a consumer of early learning services, you have an important role to play, too. Read below to get informed on these new guidelines and recommendations, serve as an advocate for your child and understand your family’s responsibility in helping to maintain healthy and safe child care environments. Learn more with the Let's Get Back to Work campaign from Brighter Futures Indiana.

Interested in Pre-K for your child? If you have a 4-year-old child in Indiana, you can apply for On My Way Pre-K, a program that provides high-quality pre-K education. Applying is simple, just go to and fill out the easy-to-use online application. Apply today!

Help Your Child Get Organized

Most kids generate a little chaos and disorganization. Yours might flit from one thing to the next — forgetting books at school, leaving towels on the floor, and failing to finish projects once started.

You'd like them to be more organized and to stay focused on tasks, such as homework. Is it possible?

Yes! A few kids seem naturally organized, but for the rest, organization is a skill learned over time. With help and some practice, kids can develop an effective approach to getting stuff done.

And you're the perfect person to teach your child, even if you don't feel all that organized yourself! Click here to learn more.

FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested.

The agency is aware of adults and children ingesting hand sanitizer products contaminated with methanol that has led to recent adverse events including blindness, hospitalizations and death.

Click here for more information and a list of contaminated sanitizers.

Explore the Great Outdoors with Your Child

Children are natural explorers. Set some basic boundaries, and let the child discover. The learning will come. Children use all of their senses to explore. They look and listen to observe what is happening around them, touch what they can reach, smell the fresh scents of nature, and occasionally taste when given permission. They run, jump, dig, and climb as they discover new places.

For a child, everything is new—even the tiniest things are interesting and exciting. In today’s entertainment-driven world, exploring the outdoors is an opportunity for children to actively engage in learning. Click here to read a few steps you can take to guide children’s exploration of the great outdoors.

Parenting Disagreements During COVID

Strategies to reduce conflict about staying safe

Parents don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to making rules for kids. Does she need to wear mittens when it’s cold? When is it time to get out of the water? Disagreements like these are just part of raising a kid. But as the pandemic drags on and everyone’s safety is on the line, the stakes feel higher and the pressure is more intense.

Now things that used to be no-brainers can easily become battlegrounds for exhausted parents. At the playground, your toddler won’t wear her mask. Do you give in or go home? You take your kid to the dentist and the waiting room is crowded. Safe to stay? Who knows! Click here for suggested guidance.

Helping Toddlers Expand Language Skills

When we help children learn how to use language, we want to start by helping them do more of what they’re already doing by reinforcing and helping them feel proud about their attempts to communicate. Early language acquisition is instinctive and for most children tends to happen quite naturally. But how we as adults respond to their attempts to communicate can have an impact—accelerating or decelerating their language development.

Here are some of the basics that you can begin to use at home in everyday interactions with all children — those who are acquiring language typically and those who may be having a little more trouble.